Panetta to Hanabusa on Military’s Future: ‘You’ve Got to Be Damn Flexible’

·By Adrienne LaFrance

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Congresswoman sees Hawaii’s strategic location as buffer from defense cuts.

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Adrienne LaFrance

Adrienne LaFrance is a reporter for Digital First Media and a Civil Beat contributor based in New York City and Washington, D.C. Adrienne focuses on Hawaii's congressional delegation and federal agencies that do business with the state. Before moving to Washington, Adrienne was Civil Beat's Honolulu reporter. Before that, she was a local news anchor for Hawaii Public Radio, Hawaii’s NPR affiliate, and served as managing editor of Honolulu Weekly. Adrienne also worked as a reporter for Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University, and as a producer and news writer at WBUR, Boston's NPR affiliate. Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post and several other newspapers and magazines. Adrienne taught journalism at the University of Hawaii and was active on the board of the Society of Professional Journalists Hawaii Chapter. She earned her B.A. in journalism from Michigan State University and her M.S. in journalism from Boston University. You can follow Adrienne on twitter @AdrienneLaF.
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  1. After Civil Beat published this story, Hanabusa's office wanted to clarify the congresswoman's remarks about Osama bin Laden. A spokeswoman for Hanabusa provided this statement: “Before the USS Carl Vinson stopped at Pearl Harbor, Osama bin Laden’s body was prepared for burial and laid to rest in the North Arabian Sea in a manner that complied with Islamic practice and tradition. Congresswoman Hanabusa highlighted the burial to illustrate how the vast Pacific Ocean connects different regions and bodies of water.”